FRENCH PAPERS, Weds. 22/08/12: France’s cabinet is meeting for the first time after the summer recess. A lot of French papers, starting with right-leaning Le Figaro, are impatient for the government to get to work. Meanwhile, Communist paper L’Humanité says it’s time for the government to stop treating the Roma community like second-class citizens.
INTERNATIONAL PRESS REVIEW, Tues. 21/08/12: Several papers focus on the trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai, who was given a suspended death sentence yesterday. Meanwhile, controversial definitions of rape are getting a lot of attention in the UK and the US.
FRENCH PRESS REVIEW, Tues. 21/08/12: As the government prepares for its first cabinet meeting tomorrow, a lot of French papers are focusing on what President Hollande has achieved so far. Left- and right-leaning dailies are critical of the president and say it’s time for him to make some tough choices.
INTERNATIONAL PRESS REVIEW, Mon. 20/08/12: Julian Assange is getting a lot of attention in the international papers today. Yesterday he addressed the media and his supporters for the first time in two months. The Independent and the Guardian are quite critical of him for failing to mention the sexual assault claims he’s wanted for in Sweden. Meanwhile, South Africa is also getting a lot press after police shot dead more than 30 miners last week.
IN THE FRENCH PAPERS, Mon. 20/08/12: French papers focus on the government as summer recess comes to an end. François Hollande and his ministers have their work cut out for them, according to Le Parisien. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Manuel Valls defends the government's security policy. And Le Figaro says the race for the top job at the opposition UMP party has begun.
IN THE PAPERS NATIONAL, Fri: 17/08/12: Julian Assange is getting a lot of attention in the international press today after he was granted asylum by Ecuador. The Independent explores just what "political asylum" means for the WikiLeaks founder. The Guardian says Assange doesn't deserve the status, but urges the British government to "stay patient and do the right thing".
IN THE PAPERS NATIONAL, Fri. 17/08/12: The situation in Syria continues to get a lot of attention in the French press today. Le Figaro explores how the crisis is spilling over into Lebanon. La Croix focuses on whether Bashar al-Assad will face justice one day. Meanwhile, Housing Minister Cécile Duflot writes a piece in Libération defending the government's controversial policy regarding the Roma community.
IN THE PAPERS INTERNATIONAL, Thurs. 16/08/12: The situation in Syria is continuing to get a lot of attention in the international press after the Organization of Islamic Cooperation decided to suspend Damascus. Meanwhile, rising tensions between Japan and its neighbors over disputed islands are also getting a lot of coverage.
IN THE PAPERS NATIONAL, Thurs.16/08/12: The situation in Syria continues to get a lot of attention in the French press as Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is on a 'humanitarian tour' of the region. Meanwhile, several French papers attempt to understand just what happened in Amiens and analyze the government's reaction to the rioting there.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Tues. 31/07/12: The International Herald Tribune looks at the rise of jihadist fighters in Syria; India suffers its worst power cut in a decade; The Guardian looks at the doping scandal that's tainted an Olympic gold medal winner; and London's mayor says otters and athletes are very alike.